• Region: Chania
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Concept: cognitive, active, adventure, safari, nature
  • Tour days: daily on request
  • Travel style: escorted safari touring
  • Places visited: Vrysses Village, Nipos Village, Tzitzifes Village, Fres Village, Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Two Rocks Temple, Pemonia and Melidoni Villages, shepherd’s hut “Mitato”, Armenoi Village

Combine panoramic views and traditional Cretan villages in one of the most famous areas of Western Crete, “Apokoronas” in a private safari tour. Learn about the history and the traditions of the island by visiting the villages, speaking and hanging out with locals, and tasting local dishes, all accompanied by the Cretan hospitality that characterizes us. Our escort drivers with the help of the premium off-road vehicles of Uncharted Escapes will offer you the most exciting day in Apokoronas Villages, allowing you to take in the best panoramic views of Northern Crete, and embrace the local hospitality while enjoying the professional but relaxed service.

Distance: 120 km.
Altitude Dif: 1300 m.

Tour highlights:

  • Take part in a private 4×4 safari tour
  • Visit Cretan villages of Vryses, Fres, Tzitzifes, Pemonia, Melidoni and Armenoi
  • Explore Profit Ilias and a shepherd’s hut “Mitato” at 1300m
  • Enjoy Coffee and lunch with traditional Cretan platters

How to prepare:

  • Comfortable clothing & trekking shoes or sandals
  • Sun hat & Sunglasses
  • Sunscreens
  • Jacket (during spring and autumn)
  • Cash for extra costs and personal expenses

*In case of pregnancy, any health issues, or disability please contact us to reconfirm if this tour is suitable for you.

Cancellation policy:

  • 24 hours or less: no refund
  • 48 hours or less: 50% cancellation fee
  • 96 hours or less: 25% cancellation fee
  • 96+ hours: full refund

8.30 AM-9:00 AM:

Your private escort driver, with a comfortable off-road vehicle, will pick you up from the hotel.
Our day begins with a stop in the village of Vrysses close to the riverside and under plane trees. We continue our route around the traditional villages of Nipos and Tzitzifes and Fres for a coffee break. Following we will visit the temple of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Two Rocks. Once a rock detached from the mountain and rolled down the slope. On the top of the rock, the church of Panagia was built. Adjacent there, is another rock, both forming an impressive scenery.

Our amazing off-road adventure begins after climbing up the White Mountains and passing through the villages of Pemonia and Melidoni which are situated at the foothill of the White Mountains. On the way up to the shepherd’s hut called “Mitato” you will enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of Northern Crete and if we are lucky, eagles might appear and wild goats could stop for us to take some photos. A bumpy rocky road will lead us up to our trip’s highest point of 1300 meters altitude, where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd and explore his original “Mitato”. On our way down to the villages, we will have a stop in Armenoi village for lunch with Cretan delicacies platters.

4:30-5:30 PM

Fully refreshed we then continue our tour, following an easy asphalt route back to your hotels.

  • Pick up and return to your hotel
  • Premium offroad vehicles (5, 7 or 9 seated) driven by multilingual escort drivers
  • Cretan Villages tour in Apokoronas area
  • A visit to an original shepherd’s hut “Mitato”
  • Coffee or tea and lunch with traditional Cretan platters
  • Liability insurance
  • Local taxes
  • Coffee or beers or refreshments in the tavern
  • Gratuities

Important notes:

1. We recommend that you be at the pick-up area (your hotel or another indicated point nearby your hotel) 10 minutes before your pick-up time.

2. We reserve the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary, for example, in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without any prior notice.

3. Please follow all the instructions given to you by your guide.

4. Sanitizing dispensers are available in each vehicle.

5. Our vehicles are equipped with A/C (and when used, the internal air circulation is turned to OFF) but as our safari tours are mainly operated in the countryside we strongly recommend the tours be conducted with open windows for continuous fresh air circulation and to feel the freshness of the countryside.

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